Two days had been passed and we had covered around 750 km from Bangalore. I still couldn’t believe that we were actually executing this plan to ride from Bangalore to Delhi on Harley. I remember, this whole thing started as one of my million other random travel plans and it was dismissed by Anu as soon as I shared it with her. Thanks to our travel enthusiasm and partially my convincing skills that we actually executed this plan to ride 3000 kms.
You can read about our entire Journey from Bangalore to Delhi of 3000 kms in 7 days through Western Coastal Route for road conditions, planning and expenses details.
Day 3: Hidden treasure of the Coastal line, Ganpati Pule
There is an internal joke in our group that, “We can never reach our destination before 4-5 pm, irrespective of the distance to be covered”. Most of the time this holds true and third day of our trip was no exception. The next destination was Ganpati Pule, 230 km away from Arambol beach which was very less as compared to our previous two days when we rode for 450 and 350 kms. This leads to a lazy start of our day and we finally left Goa at 9:30 am.
We woke up late with a hangover of the last night party at the beach, but a great breakfast with a cool breeze and sea waves made our morning. This was another reason to love our stay, we directly went to the shack and asked if they have anything for the breakfast. They had instead the entire menu to choose from.
They will check you strictly while entering Goa, but they don’t give a damn when you leave. After some half n hour, we realized that we had already entered into Maharashtra when we saw this Marathi language board and then several other funny ones later. To our surprise, there was no checkpoint at the Goa-Mumbai border, unlike Karnataka-Goa border where there was a barrier and a police checkpoint.
Ditched crappy NH 66 for a scenic state highway
Road Condition of NH66 was very bad in this stretch with a lot of craters and it forced us to ride at 60 km/hr. While having a tea break, we found an alternate route on the map which was some state highway passing close to the sea and we decided to go against Google Maps to follow this one. As our so-called NH was in such a bad shape, bad road condition was not something to worry about, for this alternate route. This choice turned out to be a great decision as the route was really scenic with brown color fields on both sides and the road condition was much better than NH 66. There was hardly any other vehicle on the route which actually made us worry sometimes but we ignored that and enjoyed the ride.
Hide and Seek with Sea
The stretch after Ratnagiri gave us an actual feel of riding on a coastal route with a nice scenic road along the sea. We were actually playing hide and seek with the Sea. It was one of the amazing stretch, I ride on the whole Western coastal route. After every turn, there was another landscape waiting to be clicked.
Exotic Stay for 50 rupees/night
This was one of the most exotic stays of our trip. My wife works for a bank where bank provides accommodation at few selected places at a very cheap rate. We got a booking at Abhishek Beach Resort for Rs 50/night where the actual tariff of the place was Rs 4000/night. The place was really amazing with sea facing rooms, huge parking space, and very friendly staff. Amazing sunset accompanied by hot tea and snacks made our evening.
Day 4: To a city that never sleeps, Mumbai
Ride over the water
I was waiting for this part of the trip when we will have to put our bike on a ferry to cross the route from Jaigad. There are five such ferry routes from Ganpati Pule to Mumbai with alternate road routes as well. You must try at least one, as it will be a nice experience.
Timings: First ferry starts at 7 am and then in every one hour
Ticket: Ticket price for the ferry (2 people + bike) is 76 rupees.
Roads till Mahad are decent, if not great but after that, it is a disaster to ride. I got this feedback from another friend of mine who covered this route. “Roads after Mahad are even worse than roads in Ladakh”, he said. I thought he was exaggerating but he wasn’t. This route was the most difficult part of our whole eight days long trip. We were completely exhausted and frustrated by the time we reached our hotel.
Mumbai Darshan in one night
We had a plan to meet few friends in Mumbai and got to the Gateway of India for our Day 4 selfie click. After the super hectic ride, I was in no mood to ride my Harley in Mumbai traffic. One of our friend picked us from the hotel and we went for a crash course tour of Mumbai passing through Mumbai traffic, Haji Ali and sea link and finally Gateway of India.
Dinner At Taj and a Baggi Ride
A dinner at Taj was a much-earned reward for our long hectic day. Though the bill was equivalent to our budget of two days. We also did a Baggi ride which is a most typical touristy thing I have ever done in my life, thanks to Anu for that stupidity. If you ask my opinion about that Baggi ride, it was not worth it at all. They charge you some 300-400 rupees for 10 mins long ride which was definitely not worth it.
We booked an OYO rooms(Hotel BKC Palace) near Kurla CST Road, keeping in mind that it should be closer to Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway. The location of the hotel is very bad, it is in the center of a shady market of old cars and it was really hard to find as there was no OYO signboard outside the hotel. When we came back in the night, a bunch of people was playing carrom outside the hotel, which was a bit scary. I must say that the rooms were very clean as per OYO standards.